By the time you've left your cellphone in a taxi or dropped it into a pot of soup, it's too late. All those phone numbers you had at your finger tips - your best friend, your boss, your mom - are gone. (Well, maybe you'll remember Mom's.)
President-elect Barack Obama, who will take the oath of office next week, has repeatedly acknowledged a strong attachment to his Verizon BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, a k a the BarackBerry. But in an interview last week, Mr. Obama lamented that the Secret Service and his lawyers appeared to be winning the battle to deny him this electronic link to friends, family and news of the larger world.